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Lenovo Set to Close Acquisition of IBM's x86 Server Business
Posted on 29-Sep-2014 19:22Tags News, Computing

Lenovo and IBM announced today that conditions for Lenovo's acquisition of IBM's x86 server business have been satisfied and the parties anticipate they will begin closing the transaction effective on October 1, 2014. Comments (Comments)

Five must have free business apps for any device
Posted on 26-Sep-2014 19:05Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Whether you use a smartphone, tablet, PC or all three here are five apps to give your business an immediate productivity boost. All are available for Windows, OS X, iOS and Android: OneNote: Microsoft’s excellent note-taking app was an overlooked jewel for a decade. Now it is free. OneNote looks and works like a paper notebook. […] Comments (Comments)

MYOB reaches record milestone and prepares senior debt refinancing
Posted on 25-Sep-2014 19:51Tags News, SaaS

The percentage of new clients that are taking out an online subscription has passed 70% of total registrations, up from less than 20% two years ago. Comments (Comments)

On TV3 talking Muse brainwave sensing headband
Posted on 25-Sep-2014 13:24Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Muse is a brain wave sensing headband from Thought-Wired. It comes with software for computers and smartphones to help you manage stress, increase focus and enhance cognitive awareness. It’s another type of wearable device. Similar to the sports bands you wear on your wrist. The idea is that you can train your brain to calm […] Comments (Comments)

BitcoinSouth conference to educate and drive Bitcoin adoption in New Zealand
Posted on 24-Sep-2014 13:26Tags News, Computing

As Bitcoin gains interest and popularity worldwide, many people in New Zealand are also embracing the potential of this new type of money as well as the technology behind it. Comments (Comments)

Kiwi Companies at the Forefront of the SKA
Posted on 24-Sep-2014 13:24Tags News, Computing

Two New Zealand IT companies, Open Parallel and Catalyst, are at the forefront of the largest IT project in the world, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope. Comments (Comments)

University of Otago deploys virtual desktop experience to 21,000 students
Posted on 24-Sep-2014 11:19Tags News, Computing

The initiative will enable students to access key University applications on their own devices when, where and how they want. Comments (Comments)

InternetNZ launches new funding rounds
Posted on 24-Sep-2014 09:12Tags News, Broadband

The Community Projects funding round is to help fund community projects that will extend the availability, use and benefit of the Internet and its associated technologies and applications in New Zealand. Comments (Comments)

Vodafone and BMW in interactive mobile technology
Posted on 23-Sep-2014 19:10Tags News, Mobile

Vodafone is driving a new suite of vehicle innovation in New Zealand, with the launch of BMW's interactive mobile technology, ConnectedDrive - enabled by Vodafone's global machine-to-machine (M2M) platform. Comments (Comments)

First Weekend iPhone 6 Sales Top 10 Million, Set New Record
Posted on 23-Sep-2014 11:36Tags News, Apple

New Zealand launch planned for the 26th September. Comments (Comments)

GSMA study highlights major M2M market opportunity
Posted on 23-Sep-2014 11:23Tags News, Mobile

M2M is being driven by huge growth in the automotive and utilities sectors, with at least one billion M2M connections expected by 2020. Comments (Comments)

NZ Tech Podcast 197: Apple launch, TechEd, Logitech videoconferencing
Posted on 22-Sep-2014 10:24Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

This week we discuss Microsoft TechEd, the Minecraft acquisition, Logitech’s new CC3000e video conferencing system, Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 10 and big change coming for .NZ domains. We also share thoughts on Apple iPhone 6, Apple Pay and Apple Watch. This NZ Tech Podcast hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest Bill Bennett (@billbennettnz) and supported by Vector Communications. Published […] Comments (Comments)

Asus pushes upmarket with Zenbook UX301
Posted on 20-Sep-2014 14:25Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Asus is best known for mid-price PCs and tablets in New Zealand. It aims to change that with the upmarket Zenbook UX301. Ultrabooks tend to be better made and more elegantly designs than everyday notebooks. Asus pulled out the stops building the Zenbook UX301. Like most Ultrabooks it’s well engineered and nice looking. The metal […] Comments (Comments)

Touch Voicemail iPhone app makes smartphones smarter
Posted on 17-Sep-2014 12:35Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Modern cellphones are smart, but that’s not what it feels like when it comes to voicemail. Until now the only way to get at missed incoming messages is to call your phone network’s voicemail service, wade through clumsy prompts and listen to messages one-by-one. Vodafone, Spark and 2degrees all say they have visual voicemail apps on […] Comments (Comments)

Gigatown finalists and first Gigatown retail broadband provider announced
Posted on 17-Sep-2014 11:38Tags News, Broadband

Chorus has today announced the five towns that have gone through to the final round of the Gigatown competition. Dunedin, Gisborne, Nelson, Timaru and Wanaka have all won places in the final and will go on to compete for the chance to become New Zealand's first Gigatown. Comments (Comments)

IBM introduces powerful analytics for everyone
Posted on 17-Sep-2014 07:31Tags News, Computing

IBM has announced Watson Analytics, a breakthrough natural language-based cognitive service that can provide instant access to powerful predictive and visual analytic tools for businesses. Comments (Comments)

Youth and jobs focus of SAP's latest investments in New Zealand
Posted on 16-Sep-2014 19:58Tags News, SaaS

New facilities and new partnership with Foundation for Youth Development mark next level of community engagement. Comments (Comments)

Te Kura O Hata Maria School wins HP's national technology competition
Posted on 16-Sep-2014 19:56Tags News, Computing

Te Kura O Hata Maria School in Northland has been awarded $10,000 worth of HP products and support for their entry in the inaugural HP Rural Schools Competition. Comments (Comments)

Software Summit cleared for take-off
Posted on 16-Sep-2014 19:16Tags News, Computing

Registrations are open for the annual Canterbury Software Summit 2014, the largest technology event in the South Island. The conference will be held on Thursday, 2nd October and features a heavyweight speaker line-up including keynotes from ex-Microsoft DirectX "renegade" Alex St John, Quid co-founder Sean Gourley, and Telogis CTO Ralph Mason. Comments (Comments)

Microsoft confirms acquisition of Mojang, the company behind Minecraft
Posted on 16-Sep-2014 11:18Tags News, Gaming

The Mojang team will join Microsoft Studios, which includes the studios behind global blockbuster franchises Halo, Forza, Fable and more. Comments (Comments)

Dimension Data appoints New Zealand chief executive
Posted on 15-Sep-2014 14:07Tags News, Computing

Jo Healey to lead Dimension Data New Zealand. Comments (Comments)

Grow Wellington seeks ICT businesses to join talent search
Posted on 15-Sep-2014 14:06Tags News, Web media

Grow Wellington is offering Wellington businesses a free seat on board an upcoming campaign targeting ICT talent in Australia. Comments (Comments)

Microsoft Azure: Cloud for the rest of us
Posted on 15-Sep-2014 09:32Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Cloud computing is great. Yet anything beyond Dropbox, OneDrive or iCloud can be daunting for those of us who aren’t IT professionals. While Amazon is the market leader at selling cloud services to business, you couldn’t describe setting up a server or a website on Amazon’s AWS EC2 as easy. On the other hand, there’s nothing scary […] Comments (Comments)

Apple Pay: mobile payments you will use
Posted on 14-Sep-2014 15:38Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

In Apple Pay, the first mobile payments solution that you’ll actually use Owen Williams writes: Android fans seem annoyed by the notion that Apple has NFC now, claiming that they’ve had it for years. The only difference is Android’s had it for years and still failed to get anywhere with it thanks to a mess of standards […] Comments (Comments)

It’s not just journalists — for better or worse, design plays a key role in how we get our news
Posted on 13-Sep-2014 13:22Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Originally posted on Gigaom:
Among its other disruptive influences, the rise of the web has caused journalism to become detached from the physical objects it used to be embedded in, whether that was a newspaper, magazine or book. Information flows over us like a river now, instead of being chopped up and frozen in time.… Comments (Comments)


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